I wish I could write as clearly and concisely as the author, Andrew Breitbart. Nothing I can scribble here today will do justice to this book. Whether you’re a veteran Tea Party member, or just plain confused by the ongoing media culture wars, you must read or listen to this thoroughly entertaining and informative writer’s work. Jeremy Guskin narrates the audio version flawlessly and with passion which makes, at least for me, the audio version the most important book I’ve purchased in a number of years.
As other reviewers have noted, chapter 6 is a concise yet amazingly complete synopsis of both the structure, development, and operational methods of the left. Listen to it more than once and take notes. This is important stuff. You will discover there are immediate benefits to be gained from a clear understanding of this chapter. This is not to say the earlier chapters are less important, just more developmental in their structure.
I’ve been fascinated by the left since my college days in the early 60's, and have spent much of my time since on a quest to understand their motivations. They’ve paraded before us a seemingly endless conga line of victims. They’ve characterized those of us objecting to their intrusions into our lives as bigots, haters and worse. They invented PC - the closest thing to an anti-free speech doctrine yet devised. They’ve invaded our schools, our universities, our governments and our daily lives with little or no resistance - till now.
Breitbart helped summarize my observations and studies of the past 40 years and filled in a number of missing elements. I now know one thing for certain - the left can and must be engaged! This book will tell you how.
Grim, poetic, fatalistic
The final few minutes of The Enchanter is so visual, so movie-like, that to appreciate them fully you should close your eyes and listen in a quiet room.
For some reason a British accent is required - in my mind - for the proper evocation of Nabokov's style. Mr. Lane does the reading justice.
I agree with Darryl - an earlier reviewer. The Enchanter is a perfect introduction to Nabokov. Not only is this audio version nicely done, but the commentary, both before and after, add insight and will urge the listener to sample this wonderful writer's other works. As with all his stories, Nabokov's The Enchanter demands your attention. Don't try listening and chewing gum at the same time!
To all of you "head in the sand", "PC", "multi-culturalists" that panned the book in the early days after its release, I suggest re-reading it today! If you're still of the same opinion, you're hopeless.
Unlike the first reviewer, I found the early chapters of this book fascinating. While listening, I kept thinking I'd seen the movie many years ago. I'll have to check it out on Netflix to be sure.
Anyway, it's a wonderfully written book, rich with imagery and emotion. I've tried to compare it with "1984" and "Brave New World" but somehow it's different in a way I can't quite describe.
If you've enjoyed reading or listening to either of these books you'll most likely enjoy "The Children of Men".
I enjoyed these, both, very much. The producers -- Knowledge Products -- employ both quotes and analysis of the title works, along with the author's life experiences. This offers the listener an overview of the works, not simply a dry reading.
If you're at all interested in 18th-19th century political philosophy, give this a try.
I must say, when I downloaded this Poe collection, I had rather low expections. I enjoyed Poe's writings as a young man but haven't re-read them for nearly 40 years. However, B. J. Harrison's narration of these wonderful stories and poems proved most enjoyable.
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